Wife suffocates to death after being buried in COW DUNG to treat a snake bite in India
- Woman named as Devendri was bitten by snake while out collecting wood for fire
- Her husband, Mukesh, called a snake charmer in Bulandshahr, northern India
- He suggested covering her in cow dung in the hope of sucking out the poison
- But after 75 minutes Devendri died with snake charmer later saying it was ‘because she was buried’
A wife suffocated to death after being buried in cow dung to treat a snake bite in India.
The 35-year-old woman, named as Devendri, was out collecting wood for her fire when a snake bit her on the hand in Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh, northern India.
She ran home to tell her husband, Mukesh, and the pair decided to call a local snake charmer called Murarey, who suggested his bizarre treatment may succeed in sucking out the poison.
A wife suffocated to death after being buried in cow dung to treat a snake bite in India. Pictures show her covered in dung on the street in Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh
The 35-year-old woman, named as Devendri (pictured), was out collecting wood for her fire when a snake bit her on the hand in Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh, northern India
Pictures show the snake that reportedly bit Devendri while she was out gathering wood near her village
A local snake charmer suggested his bizarre dung treatment may succeed in sucking out the poison
Villagers gathered outside the house and watched as Mukesh covered Devendri in cow dung.
The snake charmer sat beside her and chanted mantras but after 75 minutes Devendri died.
Mukesh said: ‘My wife went out to get fire wood and when she was collecting the wood a snake bit her.
‘We tried some medicines, a grinded powder, and tied a rope around her arm. But the snake charmer advised us to cover her in cow dung, so we did.
Mukesh (pictured) said his wife went out to get fire wood and was collecting wood when a snake bit her. The couple then decided to call a snake charmer for help
A snake charmer named as Murarey (pictured) suggested the treatment but later admitted the woman had died because she was buried
Villagers gathered outside the house and watched as Mukesh covered Devendri in cow dung
Mukesh is now left to raise five children alone. His wife’s family is pictured mourning the death
‘The snake charmer was confident he could help. We left her in the cow dung for 75 minutes. I never thought she would die, I really thought she’d survive, and it’d work. I never thought this would happen.’
The snake charmer, Murarey, said: ‘I’m known in this area to treat animal bites. I think the snake was a cobra. And yes, she died because she was buried.’
Mukesh is now left to raise five children alone.
Station house officer Anand Veer, at Kakod Police Station, said: ‘We are not aware of this incident at the station. No one has reported anything or lodged a complaint.’
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